Your favorite type of A/C piston engine?

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Your favorite type of aircraft piston engine (for WWII)

  1. Radial

    20 vote(s)
    51.3%
  2. Vee

    8 vote(s)
    20.5%
  3. Inverted Vee

    7 vote(s)
    17.9%
  4. H engine (Sabre, for instance)

    3 vote(s)
    7.7%
  5. Coupled Inverted Vee, as found on He 177

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Other?

    1 vote(s)
    2.6%
  1. Oreo

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    We're talking about for WWII combat types, not types you'd see in great numbers at the airports today-- or in the air in WWI, for that matter.
     
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    Love that radial sound!
     
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    I did other - opposed - because they are so easy to work on!!!!!
     
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    Radial or Vee, that is the question. I know radials have their pros, but vees have them too. I personaly like the streamline posbilities that vees gave to aeronautic design, contrary to de bulky radial engines. I must say the Napier Sabre H24 engine was quite radical and massive...

    Here is a rare bug... the caproni-campini n.1, a piston engine without props.
    Caproni Campini N.1 (CC.2) - research aircraft
     
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    I almost put that as an option, because there were a few WWII planes, especially the L-types, that used them. . . .
     
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    radial was the most used and the most reliable engine, but its a very hard question, since war is not only speed(ill prefer the v´s then), but is also reliabilty, endurance, comsuption, resistance against enemy fire...etc and theres also many manufacturers and many diferent qualities of work.

    flyboy, do have a vw beetle anytime ? you can cross sahara with those stuffs ! :lol:

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    oposed too !
     
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    What are you referring to?
     
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    I like the look and sound of a big radial engine myself.
     
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    Maybe he was thinking about Taylorcraft L-2, Aeronca L-3 and Piper L-4?

    All with flat-4 engines.
     
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    I am a radial fan but the 36 litre Griffon makes a nice noise
     
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    Well since the DB 605 is my favorite engine from World War 2 (because it powers my favorite aircraft), I will have to to go with the inverted Vee.
     
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    Between a rock and a hard place if you ask me....I like the radial and the vee's...
     
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    I have always liked the packard merlins, but then again the R-2800s have powered some of my favourite WW2 a/c
     
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    I went with the inverted-vee, because a DB603 (actually, two of them) power MY favorite aircraft (see my signature for a clue!).

    However, a couple of Continental O-360's got me around for a while (any guesses, FLYBOYJ?), so I like "boxer" engines, also.
     
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    Got to love the sound of the Merlin, but if I could vote twice I would of - Vee and Radial. But as it is only one of them I voted for the Vee.
     
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    Actually, it was a Cessna 337 "Skysmasher"; my family used it quite a bit back in the '80's '90's to commute back forth between our mountain home. Nothing else sounds like a Skymaster; I can still tell one just from listening to it.
     
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